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Best Things to Do When You are in Doha - A mix of old and new

Doha offers a lot of fun activities for its travellers regardless of what kind of traveller you are. Here are some of the best things you can do while you are in Doha.

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Explore the Corniche

The Corniche in Doha is definitely one of the major attractions in the city. This space offers a lot of views to the sea on one side while it offers an amazing view of the city skyline on the other. Locals and tourists both love visiting this spot in Doha to hang out, workout, cycle, jog or just walk around. Regardless of what time of the day you go, there will be some activity going on and it will hardly ever be boring. This corniche is, therefore, an amazing place to visit especially in the evening and you might also be able to mingle with the natives and take some beautiful pictures.

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Visiting the sanctuary

Locally known as the oryx sanctuary, the Al Maha Sanctuary is one of a kind as it is dedicated to nurturing and taking care of the Arabian oryx which is known to be an endangered species. This animal is also the national symbol of the country. This place is home to more than 1,000 oryxes and is also one of the rare places on earth where you can learn a lot about this fascinating animal. If you are put up at one of the 5 star hotels in Doha the likes of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara this sanctuary is not too far.

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Shopping at the local markets

No trip to any country is complete if you only spend your days shopping inside modern malls and stores. To experience the daily life of Doha you must shop at Souq Waqif. Although these are generally regarded as traditional markets this market is not very traditional and is highly popular with both the natives and travellers. This is one of a kind as it has the perfect blend of a local market and a shopping arcade. You're able to shop for a variety of items like handicrafts, spices, hand made jewellery, hand made clothes and footwear.

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The forts of Doha

When you are on a holiday in Doha, you will find that the city has a fort in almost every corner. Some of these structures were built during the 15th and the 16th centuries. The main Fort in Doha is known for its amazing architecture and is also home to a unique collection of artefacts and items that play a lead role in the history of the country.

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The local culture

If you are the kind of traveller that loves to explore and learn more about the local culture of the place you are visiting then Doha is perfect for you as it is the hub of Qatar's heritage and culture. The local museums will definitely tell you a lot about the history of the place and how it came to be. One of the major attractions as such in Doha is the Qatar national museum and aquarium. You might also want to visit the museum of Islamic arts and the Islamic cultural centre in the city.